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Filce Elected Chair of Mississippi Special Education Advisory Panel

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Dr. Hollie Filce, assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education has been elected chair of Mississippi’s Special Education Advisory Panel for the 2009-2010 school year. 

The Special Education Advisory Panel is a federally-mandated body comprised of members appointed by the state superintendant of education to provide policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in the state.  Members include parents of children with disabilities, individuals with disabilities, teachers, representatives of institutions of higher education, state and local education officials, administrators of programs for children with disabilities. 

Duties of this panel include advising the Mississippi Department of Education on the unmet needs within the state in the education of children with disabilities; commenting publically on any rules or regulations proposed by the state; advising the SEA in developing evaluations and reporting on data to the secretary under section 618; advising the SEA in developing corrective action plans to address findings identified in federal monitoring reports under this part; and advising the SEA in developing and implementing policies relating to coordinator of services for children with disabilities.

Dr. Filce was appointed to the panel in 2007 and served as its Professional Development Committee Chair during both the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 terms and as the chair-elect during the 2008-2009 term. Dr. Joe Olmi, interim chair of the Southern Miss Department of Psychology, also serves on the panel.

Dr. Hollie Filce

Walker to Present at Conferences, Conduct Workshops

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Dr. David W. Walker, associate professor in the University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education will present a paper titled “A 2009 Update on IDEA Court Decisions, OSEP Policy Letters, and Federal Legislation: Impact on Educational Diagnostician Practice” at the annual conference of the Council for Educational Diagnostic Services to be held in Philadelphia, Pa. in October.

At the same conference, Walker and graduate student Shannon Haley-Mize of Hattiesburg will present the paper “Using Technology to Teach Social Skills to Students Diagnosed with Autism.” The two also recently presented a paper titled “Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Harnessing Technology to Improve Outcomes” at the eighth biennial International Conference on Children and Youth with Behavioral Disorders in Denver.

Dr. Walker will also present papers titled “Section 504 and IDEIA: Implications for Children with ADHD” and “Learning Accommodations for children with ADHD” at the ADHD Conference in Hattiesburg in October, as well as conduct workshops in Tupelo and Jackson for school district administrators, teachers, school psychologists, and parents titled “Special Education – Keys to Compliance in Mississippi.” 

Dr. David W. Walker

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